Go On A Digital Detox With These 6 Steps

It is time for a Digital Detox. Yes, you read this correctly ... on your digital device. After likely months and years without stopping to take some space away from our devices and gadgets, it's essential to make a deliberate choice to unplug, and see the benefits.

There's no doubt that technology is amazing. After all we would not all be here on MindBodyGreen if it were not! Yet its constant presence in our lives can get in the way of our expressing our true nature. Technology can decrease our productivity, and even our sex drive! Being constantly plugged in affects our sleep patterns, posture and more in our bodies and minds.

Think about it: how much else could you accomplish in the time you spend refreshing Facebook or idly checking your phone? More importantly perhaps: how much space and time would you have to simply decompress and tap into your deeper desires, needs and interests. Detaching from technology, at least for some amount of time, allows us to tap into ourselves more, which can feel scary at first.

But sometimes we MUST put down the phone and really be ourselves, and be with ourselves. We all need to disconnect to reconnect, as I like to call it, and hope that at least once in the next few weeks you do the same.

I promise you, it is possible, and you will not die. I promise.

Here are 6 quick steps to getting your digital detox started immediately.

Disclaimer: these steps are simple, but NOT easy. Use the opportunity of a digital detox to retrain yourself with new habits, to learn how to be with yourself in a new, more connected way.

1. Turn the phone off or into airplane mode before bed.

2. Shower and get dressed before you check your email or social media.

3. Resist the urge to check social media during a meal, especially dinner with family and friends.

4. Buy a real newspaper or magazine and get your fingers dirty from the ink.

5. Leave your phone at home or at the office for at least one walk or errand a day.

6. Stare into space at least one minute a day, without grasping your gadget. Call it meditating or simply "spacing out." Either way, it will be productive and challenge you to loosen your grip on technology.

Lauren Imparato

Founder & CEO, I.AM.YOU.
Lauren Imparato — author of RETOX and one of the "100 Women in Wellness to Watch" and Elle’s "This is 30" — resigned her job as a vice president on the Wall Street trading floors in 2009 to launch I.AM.YOU, a wellness lifestyle company based on yoga, nourishment and music. In NYC and across the globe, she is renowned for her straight up, real approach to wellness and life. Imparato’s yoga classes are known for their attention to anatomy, sweat and tradition within the chaotic modern lives we lead, and are always paired with signature MusicMixes including genres like rock, salsa, jazz, hip hop and more. She has been featured in Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Self, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNN and countless others and writes for MindBodyGreen, PositiveMed and her own blog with a social media following of over 250,000. Imparato has led I.AM.YOU. classes for tens of thousands of people in Spain, Cannes Film Festival, Ibiza Opening Weekend and, most recently, all of Times Square and the great lawn of Central Park. She graduated from Princeton University.
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